It thrills me to no end that Elsa and Clio are finally independent enough (and usually willing) to dress themselves. It’s one less thing we have to personally oversee during the always-hectic rush to get out the door to school, activities, etc.
Sometimes I pick out the clothes for them. But more often than not these days, I let then do it themselves — which is what they prefer anyway. It does, however, lead to some er, interesting ensembles.
Sometimes I’ll step in and exert my motherly veto power — like if the outfit is weather-inappropriate (Elsa just doesn’t understand why she can’t wear a sundress when it’s 30 degrees out) or mildly indecent (Clio came downstairs in a turtleneck and extremely snug-fitting leggings the other day, looking rather like Dieter from Sprockets). And if we’re headed to a special-ish occasion, where many cameras might be present, I will weigh in.
But most of the time, I just let them wear what they want. Getting them to follow standard clothing conventions just isn’t worth the battle, as far as I’m concerned. And they may not be this unselfconscious and quirky for much longer. They’ll start noticing more keenly what other kids are wearing, and, probably, striving to imitate it more closely. And next thing I know they’ll be fourteen and scoffing at my tragically un-hip clothes.
I’m guessing I’m not the only one out there whose kids come up with some truly original ensembles when left to their own devices. So if you’ve got a picture of your little darlin’ in a kickass outfit that he or she put together, post it to the Babble Facebook Page by next Tuesday (4/10) with the caption “Kids outfit submission” (or similar…) I’ll choose the best ones and post ‘em back here next week, complete with ridiculous fashion-mag-style commentary
In the meantime, here are the Moock gals to kick off the fun:
The More Patterns the Better! 1 of 5Clio is a gal for all seasons in this darling (and daring!) ensemble of spring florals and candy cane pants. Merry April, everyone!
In Love with Layers 2 of 5Who says you can't wear a summer frock when it's chilly outside? Just pair it with a long-sleeved shirt and wear another skirt underneath for extra warmth and a touch of old-fashioned petticoat poof. Bowling shoes complete the look.
Sitting Pretty 3 of 5Elsa puts her own bright twist on shalwar-kameez-pants-under-dress styling, while Clio proves that contemporary stripes and "Little House"-inspired calico are the perfect (mis)match.
A Fashion Tiger Never Changes her Stripes! 4 of 5One dizzying glance at this bold, fashion-forward outfit and you know exactly who wears the (striped) pants in this family. Plus: this look is so versatile it goes effortlessly from preschool to playroom. Go get 'em, tiger!
Sisters in Style 5 of 5They show their solidarity with coordinating striped velour tops, then make their own unique sartorial statements with their choice of bottoms. And don't forget the most important accessory: a smile that says, "I don't care what you say, Mommy. I look fantastic, and I want the world to know!"
Remember, submit your kids’ best fashion creations on the Babble Facebook page by next Tuesday!
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